London is one of my favorite cities to visit while I’m in Europe.

I have a particular soft spot for it because it was the first place I ever traveled solo.

I’ve been to London for a whopping 9 times in the last eight years!

Most of those visits were within the last three years of solo traveling the world—I guess you could say I’m a bit addicted!

I’ve done both long-term visits, and quick visits, like my most recent one, which was only spending four days in London.

The important thing for you is that I’ve got tons of advice and opinions on the touristy things, including the West End, and tips of some London’s hidden gems.

So sit back, relax, and let me help you plan the perfect 4 Days in London itinerary!

Day 1: Exploring Westminster and the Houses of Parliament

Morning: Visit the Iconic Big Ben and Westminster Abbey


Begin your 4 days in London by visiting one of London’s most iconic sights, Big Ben.

This famous clock tower is a symbol of the city and an essential photo opportunity.

Not to mention, if you have kids, they’ll instantly recognize it from Peter Pan.

It’s also one of my favorite places to take photos for social media. If you walk across the bridge, you’ll find some really fabulous Instagram views of both Big Ben and Westminster.

Just a short walk away, you’ll find Westminster Abbey, a stunning gothic church steeped in history.

It’s a great place to take a guided tour to learn about its royal connections.

Either way, even if you aren’t a fan of the royals, the architecture alone is very impressive, and a must-see.

Afternoon: Discover the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square


After lunch, make your way to Trafalgar Square, a bustling public space home to the National Gallery.

Here, you can explore the newly renovated museum.

It’s got tons impressive collection of artwork, including pieces by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and Monet.

And the best part is that it’s free entry for the main museum.

However, if you want to check out any special exhibits, you’ll need to pay for access.

Trafalgar Square itself is also worth a visit. I really love how its lively atmosphere, famous fountains, and fantastic people watching.

When you’re ready for a break, head to one of these places to experience a quintessential British tradition.

Evening: Enjoy the Views from the London Eye


What’s more iconic than ending your first day in London by taking a ride on the London Eye?

This is a super popular activity, so book your tickets early!

On a clear day, you’ll see the city’s iconic landmarks, like the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge.

Day 2: Delve into the Heart of the City

Morning: Experience the Tower of London and Tower Bridge


Fight the jetlag with a giant cup of tea or coffee, then start your day by jumping into some British history.

Head to the historic Tower of London, where you can admire the stunning architecture and learn more about its intriguing past.

Throughout history, kings and queens imprisoned their rivals and enemies within its walls.

My favorite thing about the Tower of London is that you get to see the famous Crown Jewels, including the dazzling Imperial State Crown.

Then, after your tour, you can make your way to the iconic Tower Bridge, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks.

Afternoon: Explore Covent Garden and the British Museum


After lunch, head over to Covent Garden, a bustling hub of culture, shopping, and entertainment.

Discover charming cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and live street performances.

Next, head to visit to the British Museum to experience centuries of history and admire iconic displays like the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles.

Fair warning though, this isn’t my favorite museum in London. However, despite the worth of seeing the iconic Rosetta Stone, this place is always overcrowded, and I’ve never encountered friendly staff.

If you feel like skipping this museum, head to one of my favorite museums, the V&A in South Kensington. This place is always lovely to walk around, and they have an amazing section of vintage jewelry, including Queen Victoria’s crown.

Evening: Have an Indulgent Dinner


London has a fabulous foodie scene, so fight off any lingering jet-lag with a delicious night out indulging in some of London’s best.

These are some of my favorites:

Day 3: Culture and History in Kensington

Morning: Discover the Natural History Museum


London’s Natural History Museum in Kensington is a world-renowned museum, and a favorite amongst tourists and locals.

You can easily spend the whole morning exploring the diverse exhibits, from Earth’s history to wildlife.

The last time I was there I FaceTimed my three year old nephew, and he was so in awe of the dinosaurs that he refused to hang up and ended up virtually tagging along with me in the museum for another few rooms.

Not to mention the architecture is absolutely gorgeous. Parts of the museum feel like a bit like Hogwarts.

Afternoon: Relax in Hyde Park and See Buckingham Palace

Ally in front of Buckingham Palace in London Summer 2023

After the museum, grab a coffee or tea and take a walk over to Hyde Park.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Serpentine Lake, and if you’re feeling adventurous, rent a boat for a paddle on the water.

Oh, and don’t forget to visit the stunning Kensington Palace, home to the British royal family.

If you’re visiting during the summer, you can book a visit to tour part of the palace.

Last summer when I was there, they had a fabulous exhibit called Crown and Couture. There were so many amazing vintage gowns on display!

Even if you can’t go inside, with its impressive gardens and opulent interiors, the palace offers a glimpse into the lives of royals past and present.

Next, walk over to Buckingham Palace to glimpse where the King lives. And don’t forget to take some souvenir photos in front of the palace!

Evening: Enjoy a Show in the West End


My absolute favorite thing to do in London is hitting up the West End.

Honestly, I see a show almost every night I’m in town, but I know most people aren’t as diehard as I’m with the theater.

Either way, it’s a crime to be in London and not catch at least one play or musical.

London offers productions with some of the finest actors and in the business.

They’ve got all the Broadway classics like The Lion King, Mamma Mia, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Not to mention some West End originals that are out of this world, like the immersive production of Cabaret—I went twice in a week when it first opened in 2021!

If you’re visiting before the end of January, don’t miss the new revival of Sunset Blvd. I just saw it in October when TodayTix sent me, and was so disappointed I couldn’t see it a second time during my three days in London. It was brilliant, and absolutely will sweep the Oliver Awards this year (their version of the Tony Awards).


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Day 4: Exploring Neighborhoods and Markets

Morning: Wander Around Notting Hill and the Portobello Market


Thanks to the famous rom-com Notting Hill, everyone has this charming neighborhood on their London bucket list.

Start your morning off with breakfast at Farm Girl, then wander around the colorful streets.

You’ll want to check out Portobello Road Market, where you can browse for antiques, vintage clothing, or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Just be ready to bargain and be careful you don’t get scammed. I’m embarrassed to admit I once bought a ring I thought was real, only to discover later it was a fake.

Oh, and if you’re a fan of the film, you can swing into the bookshop, but fair warning it’s not as magical as in the film.

Afternoon: Explore Shoreditch and Borough Market


After you’re done in Notting Hill, make your way across town to Borough Market, one of London’s oldest and most beloved food markets. Treat your taste buds to a variety of delicious street food options for a tasty lunchtime.

While you’re there, don’t miss these popular foodie spots:

After lunch, stroll over to check out the iconic Tower Bridge.

If you’re a theater fan, head to The Globe Theatre to take a tour of the venue and visit their small museum. You’ll get to see costumes from recent productions and learn about the theater’s history and rebuild, making it a really cool experience.

As a big theater nerd, this was especially cool in my book, and one of my favorite things I did on my first solo trip to London.

If that’s not your cup of tea, head to Shoreditch to check out some vintage shopping. I really love Brick Lane Vintage. It’s a cool underground area filled with sellers offering all sorts of vintage gems.

Evening: Enjoy the Views from a Sky Deck and Grab Dinner


No visit to London would be complete without a visit to one of London’s iconic sky decks.

These are the most popular lookout points in London:

There’s a few to choose from, but either way, you will need to schedule way ahead for these, as they book up quick.

Afterwards, hit up one of my favorite restaurants in London for a final dinner.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in London

Ally in London in front of Big Ben

Finding the perfect accommodation during your 4 days in London is essential for a comfortable and memorable trip, especially if it’s your first time in town.

Central London offers a variety of hotels, ranging from budget to luxury options.

This is a great area for first time visitors since it’s close to major attractions and public transportation.

South Kensington is a great area because of its elegant architecture and proximity to famous museums. It also has a range of accommodation options, from boutique hotels to budget-friendly hostels.

You’ll be close to popular neighborhoods like Chelsea and Knightsbridge, giving you a true London experience.

If you prefer to stay in more bustling areas, consider booking a hotel near Covent Garden or Oxford Street. This area is quite near a lot of the tourist attractions.

I’ve begun staying in Shoreditch, because it’s less touristy, which I love, while still being fairly central to all the sights.

Though, when I first started traveling to London, almost a decade ago, I preferred staying in SoHo and Piccadilly Circus, since they were so easy to navigate back to.

When considering where to stay in London, it is important to choose a location that will best suit your interests and needs.

I like to make a list of my daily itinerary, budget, and travel preferences, in order to narrow down the perfect location for me.

Also, remember, London has an excellent public transportation system, making it easy to get around town, even if you’re not in the center. But it’s also good to note, the trains don’t run 24/7 like in NYC.

Transportation: Getting Around London


One of the most popular ways to get around is by using the Tube, also known as the London Underground.

The Tube is fast and connects all major areas of London.

The best part is you don’t even need to deal with an Oyster Card these days. You just tap your credit card when you enter and tap it again when you exit.

From there, the system will charge you the amount.

Besides the Tube, there are many buses, trams, and River Thames boat services available.

There’s also cabs and Ubers available, including an Uber boat!

Though, my favorite way to get around is to walk. London is a very walkable city, especially when the weather is nice. Don’t miss strolling along the river bank, it’s one of my favorite walks!

Conclusion and Extra Tips

Ally in London near Red Phone Booth

One final bit of advice, when you’re packing for London, no matter what season you’re visiting during, don’t forget these essentials.

First, an umbrella. Bring this with you everywhere, even when it’s not meant to rain. London is known as a rainy destination for a reason!

Next, bring comfortable shoes, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.

And finally, pack layers. Even in the summer, London is can be quite chilly, especially at night!

Let me know in the comments what you’re most looking forward to doing during your 4 days in London.

And, as always, shoot me an email if you need any West End recommendations. I always get excited talking theater!


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